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Ghost Pain: Caregiving, Documentary, and Radical Empathy

A Book Discussion with Leslie Jamison
March 19th, 2015
1:00 PM


Leslie Jamison, New York Times-bestselling author of The Empathy Exams joined us on Thursday, March 19 at noon in 011 Old Chem in conversation with Jehanne Gheith, Associate Professor of Slavic and Eurasian Studies, MSW and Lauren Henschel, Duke senior and documentary photographer.

Gheith and Henschel brought Jamison's work into conversation with their respective disciplines in an exploration of how we document, inhabit, and care for the pain of others.

Henschel’s photos were also be on display at FSP for viewing in advance and during the discussion, beginning Wednesday, March 4. 

Jamison also gave a public talk on Wednesday, March 18 as part of a new visiting writers series organized by The Kenan Institute for Ethics and the Center for Documentary Studies. For more information:

Leslie Jamison

Novelist and Essayist

Leslie Jamison is an American novelist and essayist. Her work has been published in Best New American Voices 2008A Public Space, and Black Warrior Review. She attended Harvard University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and ...

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Jehanne Gheith

Duke University

Jehanne M. Gheith is both an Associate Professor and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. As a professor, her work has been mostly on Russia and mostly about issues having to do with memory, social justice, and narrative (research topics have ranged from nineteenth-century Russian ...

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Lauren Henschel

Duke University

Lauren Henschel is a senior at Duke University studying Visual Media Studies, Documentary Film, and Cultural Anthropology. She is a passionate documentary artist with holistic cinematographic skills accentuated by her ability to portray stories in an empathetic way and positively impact the ...

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